Report: Raptors could pursue Rockets guard Lowry
The Toronto Raptors could pursue Houston Rockets point guard Kyle Lowry in the offseason, according to the Toronto Sun.
Lowry's issues with the Rockets, and more specifically head coach Kevin McHale, are no secret. Along with Lowry's internal problems, he was succeeded on the court by fellow point guard Goran Dragic, who took over the starting gig when Lowry was forced to undergo surgery on a sports hernia.
Following the season's end, Lowry stated that he didn't think the Rockets could retain both Dragic and himself for the 2012-13 season.
"It has nothing to do with Goran. I'm not happy with the way coaches handled things. If management wants to do something to keep Goran, I think I'll have to be moved," Lowry said.
Dragic will be a restricted free agent heading into the offseason, while Lowry is still under contract at a reasonable $5.75 million for the 2012-13 season and $6.2 million for the 2013-14 season. Dragic would appear to be the obvious one headed out of Houston, but with Lowry's rift with coach McHale, he is more likely to be moved.
"If things aren't addressed coaching-wise, I guess I have to be moved," Lowry said.
Enter the Raptors, who have expressed a fondness for Lowry in the past. Former Raptor, and current Raptors scout, Alvin Williams is reportedly good friends with Lowry, and somewhat of a mentor to the 26-year-old. Lowry would provide the Raptors with a young, cheap alternative to 30-year-old Jose Calderon, who stands to earn $10.6 million in the final year of his contract.